The demand of an elite player is heightened during winter period, with a congested fixture list- usually around Christmas and the New Year. Chelsea FC have 5 games in 15 days this year, including 3 away games in 7 days. This provides a challenge for nutritionists and physical performance coaches to help players prepare, recover and prevent injuries.
It’s well known that the body’s thirst response is reduced throughout the winter months, when it’s darker and colder. The body doesn’t feel like it needs as much fluid as it would normally in ambient/warm temperatures. It is debated that once you are thirsty, you are already in a dehydrated state – so building a plan is key for successful performance.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just jog every now and again to keep on top of your fitness – winter running can be hard. Cold temperatures and darkness all contribute to a lack of motivation, but what can you do to nail those winter runs so you come out a better athlete?